Collinsville vs. Freeburg
The Kahoks held off a late charge by Freeburg to open with a 50-42 win.
Julia Whitworth hit a 3-pointer and Kayla Whitworth followed with a basket to pull the Lady Midgets to within 46-42 with 3:25 to play in the game.
But Collinsville (1-0) got four straight free throws from Carlee Mahan and Andrea Frerker in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.
“We felt pretty confident with our kids coming into the season, but obviously we’ve got a little work to do yet,” said Kahoks’ coach Lori Billy. “Freeburg looked amazing tonight, they are a good, little team.
“It’s not always pretty, but we’ll take a W when we can get one.”
Gabby Morgan led Collinsville with 10 points and Mahan added nine, as Frerker and Claire Schuessler chipped in with seven points apiece.
Freeburg (0-1) was led by Julia Whitworth’s 14 points, Abby Mirly scored 12 and Lauren Thoma 10.
“I told them that I thought this was probably the best game we’ve played since I’ve been coaching them,” Midgets’ coach Lori Crunk said. “We had a pretty rough year last year and I thought they came out played like a team tonight.”
Collinsville will take on Mount Vernon on Tuesday as Freeburg will battle Massac County. The Lady Rams won 49-48 over the Lady Patriots.
Nashville vs. Wesclin
Leading by eight points to start the fourth quarter, Nashville used an 8-0 run to start the final frame to help them knock off Wesclin 48-31.
The Lady Warriors finally got on the board with a basket from Gracie Reymond with 2:45 left to play in the game, but it was too little, too late for Wesclin.
“Nashville does a great job of handling the ball and when they have a lead they forced us to come up and pressure the ball and that left some openings,” said Warriors’ coach Ben Crawford. “They did a great job of taking away our penetration and they started to double our post, and we just couldn’t score.”
Mayghen Mugele and Kenzie Kellogg scored seven points apiece to lead Wesclin (0-1), as Cami Meadows chipped in with six points.
Paige Kasten and Mackenzie McFeron combined for 20 points to pace Nashville (1-0), scoring 17 and 13 points, respectively. Janie Holle added nine points as Karly Stanowski ended with eight.
“We’re young, but we’ve got some varsity experience,” said Nashville coach Doug Althoff following his first varsity win. “This year we just need somebody to step up and I think a couple of girls did tonight.”
The Hornettes will take on Okawville on Tuesday as the Lady Warriors will battle Mascoutah.
Mascoutah vs. Okawville
Mascoutah outscored Okawville 11-2 in the third quarter to open the tournament with a 40-33 win.
The Indians (1-0) opened the second half on an 8-0 run, holding Okawville scoreless until Casean Tebbe’s basket five minutes into the quarter.
Mascoutah led 28-19 to start the fourth quarter and got five straight points from Katie Jokisch to build a 33-19 advantage two minutes into the final frame.
“You hate to tell your girls that they are playing too aggressive defensively, but we were the first half,” Mascoutah coach Terry Moeller said. “We just did a better job of defending in the second half.”
Maddie Nekola led a balanced scoring attack for the Indians with 10 points, Tennaye Green added eight points, Alex Cleveland had seven, Amanda Keeling six and Jokisch five.
Tebbe scored nine points to pace the Lady Rockets who fell to 2-1 for the season.
“Everything we talked about at halftime, I don’t think they were listening,” said Okawville coach Michelle Hasheider-Burianek. “That’s part of being a young team, we didn’t come out and play very well in the third quarter. But you have to give Mascoutah credit, they are a senior-laden team and we didn’t handle their pressure very well.”